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Senior Web Designer Salary (United States)

Median pay for Senior Web Designers in the United States is around $65K annually. The range in cash compensation to Senior Web Designers ($44K to $96K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. More than half of Senior Web Designers (62 percent) survey respondents are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$43,881 - $89,243
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MEDIAN: $65,137
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Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$17.94 - $57.25
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$43,881 - $89,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,636  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $9,933  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,927 - $96,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 811
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$17.94 - $57.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$26.64 - $63.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,636  
   
Profit Sharing
$966 - $9,933  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,927 - $96,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.
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Senior Web Designer Tasks
  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer

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Senior Web Designers who transition into an upper level Senior User Experience Designer role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $103K per year. The most common next step for a Senior Web Designer is to become a Web Art Director or a Creative Director. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer

Senior Web Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, User Interface Design, Microsoft Word, and JavaScript are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PHP, Dreamweaver, and MySQL. Most people experienced in Cascading Style Sheets also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Senior Web Designers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $60K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $66K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $86K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$66,000
Dallas
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With a pay rate for Senior Web Designers that is 32 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Senior Web Designers in Birmingham report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and San Diego (12 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
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JavaScript
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Microsoft Word
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Photoshop
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Web Design
0%
Web Development
0%
National Average
$66,000
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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HTML
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MySQL
up arrow 5%
Dreamweaver
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PHP
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
38%
female alumni
 
Male
62%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
46%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%